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11 March 2009

Senator Gordon lauds SBMA for promoting workers’ welfare

Senator Richard Gordon, who is also chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), lauded the management of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) for prioritizing the welfare of its employees while striving to make Subic a progressive economic hub.

Gordon, who served as chairman and administrator of the SBMA in 1992 until 1998, visited the SBMA on Monday to personally hand over two PNRC claim checks amounting to P107,700 each to the children of former SBMA fireman Eduardo Moratin who died in an accident last year.

Gordon was welcomed by SBMA officials and employees led by Chairman Feliciano Salonga and Administrator Armand Arreza to the Monday morning flag raising ceremony where the checks were turned over.

“Ngayong araw na ito ay natutuwa ako na iyong mga nag-member sa inyo ng Red Cross at nag-volunteer, tulad ni Ed Moratin, na ngayon ang kanyang mga anak ay makakakuha na ng P107,700 bawa’t-isa,” Gordon announced.

The checks representing claims for P200,000 accidental death benefits and P14,000 hospitalization benefits were received by Moratin’s children Lester Edward, 21, and Krishia Lee, 20. MOratin’s wife, Lilia, passed away seven months before his fatal accident.

“I am glad that all SBMA workers are now covered by Red Cross insurance. At least, you are helping the Red Cross, and the Red Cross helps the families of the member-victims,” Gordon added.

According to SBMA records, Moratin was hired by the SBMA Fire Department as fire marshal in April 1992 until he died in a car accident in Olongapo City in July 2008. Moratin was only 44 years old then.

Meanwhile, SBMA Administrator Arreza, who is currently a governor of PNRC, noted that the SBMA has allotted P1,794,500 last year for its 3,589 officials and employees to avail of “Premier Gold” memberships with the PNRC.

Arreza added that the agency is now processing the renewal of PNRC memberships for its employees, since the SBMA considers it a worthwhile investment to promote employees welfare.

“It is only one way of showing how we appreciate our personnel who have dedicated themselves to make SBMA among the leading revenue generating agencies of the government,” Arreza said. (SBMA Corporate Communications)

PHOTO: Sen. Richard Gordon releases Red Cross benefits to Lester Edward and Krishia Lee, children of an SBMA fireman who died in an accident last year. With Gordon are SBMA Administrator Armand Arreza (right) and other PNRC officials.

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